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Only one Idaho College receives a “B”, the rest fall short

By Erik Makrush
August 23, 2010
Are Idaho’s college students learning what they really should be learning to graduate? The answer, by one measure, is no. Recently, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni updated its review of colleges from around the country. Using ACTA’s grading scale, IFF has ranked the four top colleges in Idaho. Not even one received an […]
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A Tale of Two Public School Systems

By Mitch Coffman
August 23, 2010
Public schooling in Idaho has become a tale of two systems. One system contains the 115 traditional districts. The other is Idaho’s system of 40 public charter schools. How these two types of schools are similar and different is important to understand as we mourn the loss of public charter school Nampa Classical Academy. Public […]
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Some public school students are more equal than others.

By Mitch Coffman
July 16, 2010
When a district loses students, it’s entitled to a bailout. Not so for public charter schools. Previously I wrote about Idaho Code 33-1003: [For] Any school district which has a decrease in total average daily attendance of one percent (1%) of its average daily attendance in the then current school year from the total average […]
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Antitrust law is a chilling attack on docs -- and a sign of things to come

By Wayne Hoffman
July 13, 2010
The future of socialized medicine is already here, and it looks like this: The government is going to insist that doctors treat patients according to the government's terms and conditions. If they protest, argue, complain, fight or plead, they will be pegged as part of a grand conspiracy and silenced. It's happening already. Recently, the […]
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Watch the video of Clint Bolick addressing IFF on Heath Care reform

By Erik Makrush
July 8, 2010
On Wednesday July 7th, The Idaho Freedom Foundation was pleased to host Mr. Clint Bolick as our guest speaker in Boise. Mr. Bolick is a nationally recognized expert on the Heath Care mandate and on the legal ramifications facing our nation. Mr. Bolick was interviewed by Dustin Hurst of IdahoReporter.com about the multistate lawsuit against […]
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Paying for imaginary students

By Mitch Coffman
July 6, 2010
Everyone’s heard of government programs paying farmers not to farm and rewarding dairy producers for pouring milk down the drain. Not as well-known, however, is the law requiring Idahoans to pay for students who don’t exist. The state of Idaho calculates its portion of K-12 public education funding based in part upon “average daily attendance” […]
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25% of Idaho High School Graduates Need Remedial Classes as Entering College Freshman at Boise State

By Erik Makrush
June 29, 2010
Almost a quarter of Idaho high school graduates attending Boise State University are so far behind on their English and math skills, they're required to take remedial courses to catch up. In some cases, more than half of the students from an Idaho high school arrive unprepared for basic freshman-level college classes. Data from Boise […]
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Singing the praises of district virtual schools

By Mitch Coffman
June 19, 2010
The teachers’ union hymnal, which is echoed by most opinion writers, has the following lyrics: public schools and public school teachers are always entitled to more. Education is to be exempted from the diminished income many of us are living with these days. And if you have a problem with any of this, you are […]
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Are Idaho’s Colleges and Universities really feeling the effects of State Government budgets crunches?

By Erik Makrush
June 10, 2010
Across the state, the sour economy is forcing businesses, families and government agencies to cut back. But state's colleges and universities are figuring out ways to avoid the same dramatic cuts as everyone else. Idaho's publicly-funded higher education institutions are fending off big budget cuts with a combination of under estimated student enrollment and big […]
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Seat belts and Obamacare: Twin tools of the Nanny State

By Wayne Hoffman
June 9, 2010
For months, we freedom lovers have been bemoaning the socialistic atrocity that is Obamacare. But keep in mind where Obamacare originated: In general, it is from the belief of politicians that they can make you do things under the altruistic notion that a law is in your or society’s best interests. That’s a notion that […]
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Boise mayor lobbies for city sales tax

By IFF
June 5, 2010
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter wants approval for a city sales tax so more can be spent on transit projects and education. In Thursday’s State of the City address, Bieter called on Gov. Butch Otter and the Legislature to give cities the power to invoke local-option sales taxes. He said if Boise had such authority, a […]
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The online learning revolution

By Mitch Coffman
June 2, 2010
Many people who have put a lot of thought into it – and many others who have also bet something of their fortunes on it - believe the future holds a customized learning experience for every student. Odds are it will not look exactly as pictured in the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie with little […]
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